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31 January 2017

Tourism Minister Dr. Walter Mzembi has a vision for African tourism and the world

He wants to become the new top executive, the new Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Competing with numerous candidates he is optimistic to be the new leader of World Tourism after the UNWTO General Assembly meets in September 2017 in China. Zimbabwe's minister of Tourism and Hospitality, the Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi has been working day and night for many months, trying to earn the trust, show the courage and knowledge to lead this top post. Even tho…

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31 January 2017

Continental passport on the agenda as AU Summit kicks off in Ethiopia

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, to attend the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The summit will be conducted under the theme: "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth". The AU Assembly will be preceded, on 29 January 2017, by a retreat of AU Heads of State and Government, where the leaders will consider a report to be presented by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, …

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30 January 2017

Emirates Airline Forced To Cancel Nairobi Flights After Kenya Backtracks On Deal

Kenyan authorities have withdrawn their approval for Dubai-based Emirates Airline to operate a third daily flight from Dubai to Nairobi, less than a week after the carrier had announced the service. It is the latest in a growing list of setbacks for the Gulf’s aviation industry and a worrying sign that some countries may do more to restrict Gulf airlines’ access in order to protect their own flag carriers. In a statement issued on January 26, the airline confirmed that “the a…

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30 January 2017

Sustainable and responsible tourism driving development in Africa

The United Nations has declared 2017 as "International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development", with the official launch by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on January 18 in Madrid. On this occasion, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai put the continued growth of tourism into figures: “In 2016, more than 1.2 billion people travelled around the world for tourism purposes and another 6 billion people travelled domestically,” he said, highlighting the need to prom…

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27 January 2017

New Atta Members this month

  It gives us a great pleasure to announce new members who joined us in November, December and January: Zambezi Cruise Safaris – Zimbabwe - www.zambezicruisesafaris.com Spirit of the Masai Mara – Kenya - www.spiritofthemasaimara.com Kilifair Promotion Co. – Tanzania - www.kilifair.com World Fusion Tours – Rwanda - www.worldfusiontours.com The Makokola Retreat – Malawi - www.makokola.com Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - South Africa - www.sabisabi.com  …

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27 January 2017

SAT Strengthens Ties With Nigeria To Boost Tourism

South African Tourism (SAT) has described its recent visit to Nigeria as a new engagement between the two countries in order to boost tourism development, saying it was an opportunity to work together with Nigeria and other African countries, through its new designed platform. Speaking in Lagos, chief executive officer, CEO SAT, Mr Sisa Ntshona,  said the visit was to create a forum to  bring all key players through the innovative platform as well as to be part of the development gro…

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26 January 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 17-Jan-17 to 24-Jan-17 (week 4) The West African CFA Franc goes digital. State-sponsored e-currencies are being hailed as the hottest new opportunity for emerging economies to adopt new technologies and partially leapfrog legacy development paths. Ecuador led the charge in 2015, with Tunisia being the first African country to digitise its currency in 2016 using block-chain technology. Senegal will mint its own crypto-currency in 2017 in an attempt to improve f…

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26 January 2017

Richard Leakey, Renowned Kenyan Paleoanthropologist, Conservationist and Politician to Attend Conservation Lab 2017

Beyond Luxury Media Ltd the organisers of We Are Africa see the succession of their stand-alone Conservation Lab ‘un-conference’ continue to pull in key players, having attained significant growth and reputation following its inaugural event in 2016. This year, the progressive 2-day ‘un-conference’ heads into its 2nd edition attracting one of the biggest names in conservation, Richard Leakey. In support of this radical new format, a first of its kind for conse…

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26 January 2017

Tanzania eyes tourists from Southeast Asia, the Pacific Rim and Brazil

Looking to attract 3 million tourists in the next 2 years, Tanzania has switched its marketing plans to focus at new emerging market sources in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Rim, and South America. Under tourism marketing coordination by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Tanzania is looking to raise the current number of tourists from 1.14 million to 3 million visitors in 2018 through a newly-designed international marketing drive. TTB Chairman of the Board of Directors, Justice Thomas Mihayo, s…

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25 January 2017

KILIFAIR / Moshi - June 2nd to 4th 2017

KILIFAIR 2017 is the 3rd edition of the international Tourism and Industry trade fair in Moshi / Kilimanjaro.  It is going to be held on June 2nd to 4th at the 17,000 m2 Moshi USHIRIKA SPORT STADIUM.  Under the motto “Your Gateway to East-Africa Tourism…” the fair is representing and promoting the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania National parks and East Africa Tourism to potential agents & buyers from Africa, Europe, America and Asia. KILIFAIR 2016 has breached t…

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25 January 2017

WATCH: Matlabas River in Limpopo fills up after 'worst drought in years'

Following the worst drought in over a decade, South Africa's rivers are starting to flow again - much to the delight of everyone in the country. While the Western Cape's water crisis still continues in anticipation of the winter rainfall, summer rainfall areas in the country have received much-needed rain since the start of the New Year.  In Limpopo, recently, videographer Heinrich Stofberg managed to capture on camera the very moment the Matlabas River started to fill up. A trick…

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24 January 2017

Key markets up, some emerging markets down

Overseas arrivals to South Africa are up 19% and total arrivals are up 13% year-to-date compared with the same period in 2015. However, both China and India have experienced declines in arrivals for November. This is according to the November 2016 stats released by Statistics SA on Monday. Arrivals from China are down 13% for November 2016, compared with the same month in 2015. Arrivals from India were also down 5% for November. Total arrivals from China year-to-date were 109 521, and 88 796 a…

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24 January 2017

New passenger train service between Nairobi and Mombasa to take just 4 1/2 hours

Kenya will become the first country in Africa to receive brand new long-distance passenger trains in February of this year. The five passenger locomotives are part of the 56 locomotives expected in the country prior to the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in June 2017, the other engines intended to pull freight trains. The modern diesel-powered locomotives can run at a top speed of nearly 160 kilometres per hour shortening the travel time from the present nearly 14 hours to just 4 1/…

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23 January 2017

Beyond the China Ivory Trade

The recent announcement by the central government of China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching. The decision is set to disrupt the global’s major marketplace for the product, as it will compel legal ivory processing industries to close down—thereby eliminating the cover under which the illicit ivory trade had flourished. Similarly, the ban will put in place strict mechanisms of iv…

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23 January 2017

Tourism set to spearhead Uganda’s economy in 2017

The Ministry of Tourism in Uganda has declared that the year 2017 is a massive year for tourism sector development in the country. The country has embarked on the tasks of tourism promotion and conservation agencies in order to initiate fresh ideas that will prepare the drive in the tourism industry for the next four years. According to John Ssempebwa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Uganda Tourism Board, they have come up with new ideas especially in marketing, product development, resea…

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23 January 2017

Original Travel joins Voyageurs du Monde

Original Travel - Voyageurs du Monde Atta member since it's inception in 2003, Original Travel, co-founded by Nick Newbury and Tom Barber, has sold a 60% stake to Voyageurs du Monde, a £260 million French travel company. The deal will see 40 of the firm’s backers, including friends and family of the founders, and private equity firm Connection Capital sell their stake for an undisclosed sum. Nick, Tom and sales director Neill Ghosh will retain 40%. Voyageurs du Monde,…

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20 January 2017

Emirates says to launch third daily Nairobi flight in June

Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, on Thursday announced that it will introduce a third daily flight between Dubai and Kenya’s capital Nairobi from June 1. The additional flight will increase the number of scheduled Emirates flights between the two cities to 21 a week, the airline said in a statement. It added that the route has grown to become one of its busiest routes in Africa since it first launched services to the country in October 1995. As with its other two…

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20 January 2017

The secret of Namibia's 'fairy circles' may be explained at last

Using computer models, ecologists think they have finally hit upon the reason for the strange polka dot patches scattered across the Namib desert. The marks on the ground in the Namib desert resemble a vast sheet of polka dots, or to the less romantic observer, perhaps a bad case of chickenpox. In local myths, the bare, red circles fringed with grass are footprints of the gods, or patches of land once poisoned by the breath of a subterranean dragon. But even among scientists, who strive for mo…

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19 January 2017

International tourism up +3.9% in 2016 for seventh straight year of growth

International tourist arrivals grew +3.9% in 2016 to 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) described the growth as “robust”, with some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelling internationally last year compared to 2015. The organisation also noted that 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global financial crisis. A comparable sequence of uninterr…

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19 January 2017

Brexit tourists: SA’s rand ranked 4th in strongest gains against dollar-mauled pound

As the Department of Home Affairs prepares to release tourism performance stats for the 2016 summer period on Wednesday - one of SA’s key source markets is feeling the pinch when it comes to global exchange rates. On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May set out a speech on what the planned Brexit will look like. Fears about the impact of a British withdrawal have roiled global markets since Britain's public voted in June to leave the common market. As a result the British poun…

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18 January 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary for the week of 10-Jan-17 to 17-Jan-17 (week 3) Mega deals in Africa. Tanzania has signed a US$1 billion partnership agreement with a Chinese firm to commercialise cassava farming and processing, raising hopes to growers who have been grappling with the challenge of accessing reliable markets; and, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has signed road construction agreement worth US$2.8 billion with domestic and foreign contractors to boost road construction projects in the co…

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18 January 2017

South African Tourism roadshow’s 14th edition to travel four cities

South African Tourism plans to set the pace for continued double digit growth in the coming year with its annual roadshow slated for later this month. The four-city roadshow promises to offer travel agents in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai a chance to interact with a variety of suppliers. Hotel chains, airlines, products, attractions, DMCs and local tourism offices promise a host of exciting updates and look forward to networking and deal making with Indian travel agents. The roadshow i…

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18 January 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Uganda

Uganda Travel Advice Latest update: 17-01-2017 06:15 AM GMT Summary – Cases of avian influenza (bird flu) have been reported in Lutembe Bay near Entebbe and Masaka District in January 2017

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18 January 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Ethiopia Travel Advice 17-01-2017 11:58 AM GMT Latest update: Summary - there is tension in the Gondar and Bahir Dar areas of Amhara region after two separate explosions in January 2017, both at hotels that aren’t popular with foreign tourists; police have warned that further attacks may take place during or around the upcoming Timkat Festival (19 January) 

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17 January 2017

Invitation to the official launch of Eng. Walter Mzembi's (PhD) Candidature for the UNWTO Secretary General Post.

In Madrid for FITUR? Qualified Journalists, friends, and selected tourism executives are cordially invited to join us at the official launch of Eng. Walter Mzembi's (PhD) Candidature for the UNWTO Secretary General Post When? 19th January 2017, 7.00pm Where: Torre de Cristal, Planta 31 Paseo de la Castellana 259 28046 Madrid, Spain Dress Code: Business Formal  RSVP

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17 January 2017

Morocco to Join Emirates A380 network

Emirates, has confirmed it will operate the first ever commercial Airbus A380 flight to Morocco and North Africa, when it takes the iconic double decker aircraft to Casablanca on 26 March 2017. The airline’s flagship aircraft, which continues to excite travellers and aviation enthusiasts alike, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently used on the Dubai-Casablanca route, offering increased seat capacity across all three cabin classes and an enhanced premium product experience.…

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16 January 2017

RwandAir directs flights to India to boost trade, tourism

The move by RwandAir to start direct commercial flights to Mumbai, India in quarter two of the year will easemarket access and help reduce transport costs. The development follows the signing of bilateral air services agreements between Rwanda and India during the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Summit, a global business forum in India, early this week. The RwandAir chief executive officer, John Mirenge says all the agreements have been reached, noting that the national carrier was already preparing to la…

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16 January 2017

From the new COO

A week into the job I thought that it was time for me to introduce myself to you all. Many of you will already know me and thank you all for the good wishes I have received both prior to starting officially on Monday and since then.  I am lucky to be working with a great team both here in London and further afield with our Directors spread through the continent and beyond. Over the coming months I will be attending various shows and networking events in London, South Africa and Germany. I…

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13 January 2017

Communique from SATIB Atta’s insurance advisor and facilitator for Atta 24 Emergency Response

Liability Cover – How much is enough? With the recently released Tourism Performance Figures for 2016 showing healthy increases through Africa’s airports it may be time to check your insurance limits again.  Liability policies are those that will indemnify the insured should they be found legally liable/ negligent for damage or injury to third party property or person. Like it or not incidents do occur – the SATIB24 Crisis Call unit alone receives close to 100 calls a w…

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13 January 2017

SA airport to remove cub petting images that give tourists the wrong message

A South African Tourism campaign in the halls of International Arrivals of OR Tambo, said to be about a year old, is going to be removed from one of SA's busiest airports, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has confirmed, admitting it sends the wrong message to arriving tourists. Images in the campaign depict a wild African landscape, as well as a family of four sitting and playing with lion cubs - which a number of organisations have slammed as going against sustainable tourism, which a…

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12 January 2017

#BizTrends2017: Make 2017 the year of the emerging domestic tourist

2015 was difficult for the tourism sector. The overseas visitors on whom we rely to sustain our businesses did not come in the large numbers we expected. The 2015 Annual Tourism Report issued by South African Tourism found that about nine million fewer tourists came to our shores in 2015 than in 2014. This resulted in near zero growth in real terms in revenue from international tourism. South Africa also lost market share compared to other sub-Saharan markets according to the same report. 201…

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12 January 2017

A focused minister: A success story for Tourism Zimbabwe

Despite Zimbabwe's image in the world seen negatively the minister. "We arguably, in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the few internationally acknowledged to have registered growth in tourism by nine percent at the end of 2015, even endorsements by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Zimbabwe's Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries HE Walter Mzembi says his department has remained one of the few relatively well-performing portfolios because of his ability to rem…

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12 January 2017

Meetings Africa 2017 Defines Business Events and the Achievement of Development Goals

Business Events has grown in international recognition over the past few decades across Africa and remains one of the driving growth drivers in the sector overall. As illustrated by the World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2015, business air arrivals are expected to by 5% for South Africa, and 6% for Kenya, for the period from 2015 to 2019. The benefits and impact of meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions and events on a destination can therefore creat…

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11 January 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary  In 2016, real GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to have been the weakest since the 2008-09 global financial crisis. This was largely because of the poor performance in its two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, which together make up about half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. Although oil and mining economies were hurt by the commodity slowdown, much of East Africa as well as oil-importing Francophone economies such as Côte d’Ivoire…

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11 January 2017

Cape Town International Airport hits 10 million passenger milestone in 2016

Cape Town - Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) served just over 10 million passengers during last year - highlighting the airport's tremendous growth during the previous twelve months.  In an announcement on Tuesday, 10 January, the airport described the achievement as a major milestone.  CTIA is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. In 2015, the airport counted in excess of the 9.4 million passengers which passed through its doors.   In…

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10 January 2017

China to Ban its Ivory Trade by the end of the Year

Tusk is delighted that 2017 has got off to a great start following last week’s historic announcement from the Chinese Government that it will bring an end to its domestic ivory trade by the end of the year. The move has rightly been hailed as a "game-changer" for elephants, as it should end much of the widespread and large-scale poaching that has been decimating populations. Registered legal ivory processors and traders will be phased out by March 31st, and the country’s …

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10 January 2017

Rwanda's Akagera National Park prepares for the return of the rhinos

Akagera National Park in Rwanda, was in the news two years ago when a lion relocation from South Africa brought these predators back. Seven lions were released at the time and according to reports have the numbers since then grown to around 15. Initially opposed by Kenyan 'conservationists', clearly individuals with their own agenda set to deny Rwanda to go through with a similar deal to bring in lions from Kenya, have all their objections been proved to be baseless as the secure bound…

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09 January 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: Bitcoin, a crypto-currency based on the blockchain technology, is finding its place in Africa. Building on the successes of mobile-money for domestic transactions, a Kenyan company has combined the Bitcoin with local versions of the popular mobile payment platform M-Pesa to offer same day international payments at much lower cost. The system relies on the blockchain currency for cross-border payments and combines it with mobile-money for “last mile” delivery…

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09 January 2017

New Zealand visa requirements 101: What Saffas and Kiwis need to know

New travel regulations for both South African and New Zealand travellers have changed quite a bit over the festive season, as both countries' citizens now need visas to enter the respective destinations. This after New Zealand announced in October this year that South African visitors to New Zealand will require a visitor visas from 21 November 2016. Shortly after, in a move labelled by SA's Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba as 'reciprocity', SA changed its visa regulation…

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09 January 2017

Tourism to Host 2017 Local Government Tourism Conference, 3-4 APR

The Department of Tourism will host the Local Government Tourism Conference (LGTC) from 3 to 4 April 2017 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. Taking place under the theme, "Tourism Planning is Everybody's Business," the conference will provide a platform for the public and private sector to engage and map a way forward for tourism development at local government. The conference is aimed at tourism stakeholders and industry players to assist the tourism sector in planning and aligning …

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06 January 2017

New direct air service to Marataba

More luxury hotel and lodge collection, and Angel Gabriel, a charter airline, have launched a new direct air taxi service that operates daily from Grand Central Airport in Midrand to Marataba in the Marakele National Park in Limpopo. The service includes complimentary shuttles to and from OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport. The flight departs from Grand Central at 12h00 and lands in Marataba at 13h00. The return flight departs Marataba at 11h15 and arrives back in Johannesburg…

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06 January 2017

Atta Financial Update

Executive summary: East African countries to ratify Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement before March. The East African Community has until March 2017 to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement to pave the way for EAC goods to enter larger markets like South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and Eritrea. At the Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum held in Johannesburg from December 9 to 11, the EAC said it would ratify the agreement by the end of February 2017. The ratification will h…

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06 January 2017

FCO Travel Advice: Nigeria

Nigeria travel advice 04-01-2017 17:21 PM GMT Latest update: Summary – Abuja airport (Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport) will be closed from 8 March to 18 April 2017 for essential runway maintenance; contact your airline or travel company for further information

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